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The Foundations of Education
Electronic Edition 2010 © NewFoundations
(Original Caddo Gap Press ISBN 1-880192-05-5 )
by Robert Freeman Butts
Reflections on forty years in the Foundations Department at Teachers College, Columbia University. The "Founding Moments" of educational foundations occurred at Teachers College in the early 1930s. Butts, who was present at the inauguration of studies in the Foundations of Education at TC, recounts the events leading up to it and subsequent history.
Dealt with are the role of Teachers College in International Education: organized activities undertaken during the heyday of international technical assistance programs concerned with education in developing countries. It describes the major programs supported by United States government agencies and major philanthropic foundations for which Butts had responsibility at TC from the late 1950s to the early 1970s.
Also given are his reflections on Chief Justice Burger's statement that the 1985 Bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights should become "a history and civics lesson for all of us."
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